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Panton sad to see Mangatal go, sees move as an eye-opener for Jamaica

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 12:40 PM
Seymour Panton - File
Ingrid Mangatal - File

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, says he is disappointed that Supreme Court Judge Justice Ingrid Mangatal was not sworn in as a judge of the Court of Appeal and that Jamaica is now losing her.

READ: Justice Mangatal appointed as Grand Court judge in Cayman

Justice Panton says he was very pleased with the way she performed her duties during the period she acted as a judge in the Court of Appeal and had supported her permanent appointment to the Court.

Panton says there had been an assumption that once appointed in Jamaica judges would never resign and he thinks the resignation reflects the manner in which judges have been treated in Jamaica.

READ: Some Judiciary members upset over non-payment of retro money

However, he says "everyone now needs to understand that things have changed and Jamaican judges are in high demand all over the Caribbean".

He says notwithstanding his disappointment he wishes her well in her new appointment.

Justice Panton says he understands her move as he had also gone to work in The Cayman Islands and has no doubt she will do well there.


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